Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1
Please read and/or listen to 2 Corinthians 5:1–6:13 today to gain context. Sometimes the chapter breaks can come in unfortunate places. That seems to happen here. Immediately prior to the verse we are looking at today, Paul tells us that we are ambassadors. But he quickly makes it known that we are not on our own. We are working together with God. Let’s just pause there a minute and linger on that truth. We are working together with God. Jesus came to seek and save the lost and he is sending us out to do the same. We have been saved to be sent, and we take him with us when we go. We have been receivers of his grace; to not take that message to others is to receive the grace of God in vain. But there is another way we can take the grace of God in vain if we have become followers of Jesus. We take the grace of God in vain if we do not live the new life that grace has secured for us. If we do not live in the joy of new life as a new creation, then the grace has not had the effect for which it was given. Indeed, it is the changed life that is the testimony of the grace, which then becomes the message of that grace. In that way, the medium of the message truly is the message. How are you living as the message of grace? How is the power of God working in you evident to those around you? What steps can you take to be working together with him to make his grace known?